June 21, 2018

Too much being made of Chelsea's troubles, says Conte

11 February 2018, 02:28 | Joan Schultz

Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong

Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong

Despite the indifferent form, Conte, who has a contract until the summer of 2019, believes the relationship between a club and their manager is more important than winning trophies.

Chelsea have won just one of their five league games since the turn of the year and were also defeated in the Carabao Cup semi-finals by Arsenal.

"Obviously I have to respect Chelsea, who made a huge effort to sign me and I'm very happy here. I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (Football Association) to try to give rest to the players", he said. This situation, I repeat, we are talking about a team that is fourth in the league, that is preparing to face the game against Barcelona.

"But, maybe, we are making it hard for this team".

'Maybe there are a lot of rumours and speculation [but]. we are keeping our expectations. Now I think this is not important to say "we could have done this" or "we should have done that".

After spending two seasons out on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, Christensen has forced his way into the first team under Conte in 2017-18 in place of David Luiz.

He has also registered his most shots per 90 with the Spanish capital club on 3.62, while also having his best shot accuracy per 90 on 63%.

Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong
Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong

But Conte insisted: "I don't think talking about my future can affect the players".

"Then the situation totally changed because I followed my work and changed totally the situation with the players".

"If you brought someone like Carlo Ancelotti in and John Terry alongside him, the fans would accept something like that", Wise told The Debate on Sky Sports. 'If the club decides to send me away, it'll be because they're not happy with my work'.

"Especially in England, it's not simple".

"For this reason, it's right to send the coach away. It won't be easy because as you know in this type of situation, confidence is not high, but we have to trust our work and trust in our football to try and get three points". Alvaro Morata is still out injured, so we could see Olivier Giroud getting his first start for the club in the Premier League. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way'. "You have to finish this season in the right way, too".

Christensen has been used 19 times in the Premier League this season and a further 10 times in other competitions.

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